Pioneer DJ has some wonderful new items just in time for the holiday season. If you’re looking for an intuitive, easy-to-use DJ controller that will help you craft wonderful sets out of any genre, look no further than the DDJ-FLX6. And if you’re in the market for a full-featured mixer without the crossfader—which more and more DJs prefer because they can be more exact with their crossfades by manipulating multiple channel faders instead—Pioneer has you covered with the DJM-V10-LF, a new take on its wildly popular DJM-V10.
Let’s start with a look at the DDJ-FLX6, which provides a bevy of useful features for the novice and old hand alike. Though its layout may be familiar to any DJ who can get around a CDJ or DJM setup, its aesthetics are not: The unit is tinted with a new dark gray matte finish, offering a sleek jog-wheel design. The DDJ-FLX6 supports rekordbox and Serato DJ Pro, eliminating the need for a paid subscription to one or the other. A class-compliant design means all you need to get up and running is a USB cable, while included license keys for the Serato DJ Pro X Pack and Pitch ’n Time DJ Expansion Packs help you create innovative drops and effects from the outset.
Speaking of innovative drops and effects, the DDJ-FLX6 comes with features for creating these quickly, even if you’re not the most experienced DJ. For instance, each jog wheel offers an On Jog Display, so you can easily keep an eye on where you are in a tune. With the Jog Cutter option, you can apply professional scratch effects to the last hot Cue or playback position with ease, triggering one of ten different preset scratch patterns.
Lastly, but definitely not “leastly,” the DDJ-FLX6 has a whole new category of transition effects built in. Called Merge FX, these allow you to switch dynamically from one track to the next, regardless of tempo or genre differences. You simply press a knob, turn it as fast or as slow as you’d like to build tension, and the DDJ-FLX6 takes care of the rest: Eight Merge FX patterns are on hand when you use rekordbox, and four are available for Serato. Using the simple controls and parameters offered by Merge FX, a DJ can trigger more than 9000 different patterns, all with precision and style ensured by the machine itself.
That is a fantastic option for those learning their way around a DJ controller, but for users who demand a bevy of in-depth features tailored for professionals, let us recommend the DJM-V10-LF. Earlier this year, Pioneer released the DJM-V10, which quickly became quite popular with such users thanks to its bevy of helpful features, its innately warm sound, its 96 kHz/32-Bit AD/DA path, and its 6-channel design. Still, many DJs could do without a crossfader, and that’s where the DJM-V10-LF comes in.
The DJM-V10-LF leaves out the crossfader entirely, which frees up more space for the channel faders, which can allow for more minute, exact adjustments, almost like playing a musical instrument! Many DJs feel they can blend and drop tracks with greater precision using channel faders, so the DJM-V10-LF extends their range by 15mm when compared to the DJM-V10.
Without the crossfader getting in the way, the DJM-V10-LF provides 60mm shaft slide faders that extend further down on the top plate. This gives you a longer range of movement, so you can be even more meticulous and precise with your fader-based choices. Furthermore, a brand-new fader curve setting is on hand, and the faders themselves have been weighted to give you the perfect feel complementing their elongated range. All the other features are just like the DJM-V10. Whether you want something intuitive or something meticulously precise, both options are now available.
Whether you’re a newbie or an old hand, we’ve got you covered with these new items in stock—either at our superstore or online. What excites you most? The Merge FX of the DDJ-FLX6? The 60mm faders of the DJM-V10-LF? Sound off in the Comments and let us know!